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Tales of Tomorrow #16: Frankenstein


Published 1952


A live tv production of Frankenstein from the anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. Legend has it that Lon Chaney Jr. (playing the monster) was unaware that it wasn't a rehearsal, so rather than break up props as planned, he simply put them down. While he certainly does some odd things with the chairs and appears to ask a question to somebody off stage (at 12:04), he does break up some props, and certainly isn't the only one flubbing (or was 'elictricigate' a word in the day of Mary Shelley?)

More info at the imdb.

Hopefully in the public domain.


Run time 23:56
Producer George E. Foley
Audio/Visual sound, b/w
Language English

Credits

Lon Chaney Jr. - The Monster
John Newland - Victor Frankenstein
Mary Alice Moore - Elizabeth
Raymond Bramley - Elizabeth's Father
Farrell Pelly - Butler
Peggy Allenby - Maid (?)

Reviews

Reviewer: CaptJach - - June 1, 2013
Subject: Fantastic
Though I'm unaware of the rumor about Mr Chaney not being aware this wasn't a rehearsal, the notion is ridiculous. He wasn't wandering around, picking things up, talking to someone offstage, etc. He was doing a great job of being the monster.

Watch him watch the two people arrange the furniture. Then he walks on to help. Watch his face and body language. His character is just like the original. He's confused, but trying to help. He gets flustered when he's rejected and can't talk about it.

Imagine a stroke victim, aware but unable to express himself. Same thing when he looks "offstage." He's gesturing and muttering in frustrated confusion, like a person looking up at the sky and saying "why me?"

Same thing with the little boy. He watches him play, then walks on and tries to play with the boy and mimics the kid's actions..."ME TOO!"

This is brilliant. It's amazing how well Tales Of Tomorrow was done. You'd have to look at shows like 'House' or 'Fringe' to find such good television. And Tales Of Tomorrow was live and with the crudest technology one could imagine!
Reviewer: Vance Capley - - May 29, 2011
Subject: See the great Lon Chaney Jr. as the Frankenstein's Monster
The only reason I give this 4 stars is that the ending is missing otherwise...it was fantastic! Fans of the old spook shows of the 50's will really get a charge out of this one!
Reviewer: Earlon - - February 22, 2010
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:

The Classic TV Channel

There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - - October 9, 2009
Subject: Incomplete but Good
Though slightly incomplete (note the abrupt edits and lack of closing credits), this was quite enjoyable to watch. I don't know who the uploader is, but I'd like to thank them for this upload. It has a real spooky, old-timey feel to it. In this case the low budget doesn't hurt the programme at all.

Overall, I'd rate it 4/5.
Reviewer: ayterion - - October 9, 2009
Subject: The Great of the Greats
This is worth watching !
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